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Project Reach 1950 USS Norton Sound


Published 1950


Universal newsreel from 1950, with the original description from Universal:

SALUTE TO THE FOURTH!
AT SEA A rocket salute to July Fourth. From the deck of the USS Norton Sound, a Viking rocket takes off and climbs more than 100 miles into the sky. Spectacular salute to independence.

This event actually took place on May 11/12 1950 and shows the Viking 4 rocket as it's launched to a (then record) altitude of 106.4 miles as part of Project Reach. It carried a ~500 pound scientific instrument package that provided data on cosmic rays.

The audio track is absent unfortunately.


Run time 38 seconds
Production Company Universal Studios
Sponsor Wilbur B Myrick - USS Norton Sound 1949-1950
Audio/Visual missing, b&w

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